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Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 2: New Construction Windows vs Replacement Windows

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What’s in a name? It’s the age-old question that reminds us that what we call something can influence the way we picture it. For an example, homeowners planning to replace their windows with Pella products can easily get hung up on the difference between “new construction” windows and “replacement” windows.

In the latest part of our Window Replacement Plan 2018 series (see part 1 here), we break down the major differences between these two types of windows and suggest recommended scenarios to give Winston-Salem homeowners tips for using each.

Understanding the Jargon

New construction windows are installed as part of new Winston-Salem construction projects and are typically designed differently from replacement windows. Because they’re built to be properly installed right into a new construction opening, these windows typically include a nail flange (or nail fin) that attaches to the new construction where a window frame doesn’t currently exist. While new construction windows can be installed in a remodel project, the project would most likely need a lot more work in removing existing materials to expose the studs. That’s where replacement windows come in.

Replacement windows, as the name implies, are meant to replace windows in previously-framed spaces. Also known as retrofit windows, these windows are developed to allow Winston-Salem contractors to install the window without having to tear the existing walls down to the studs or remove any other exterior materials.

Instead, replacement windows are created to fit in a correctly-measured precise opening and use the existing frame. Only the window itself is replaced. Pella replacement windows can offer the advantages of new windows while likely saving time and money on installation labor for residents in Winston-Salem.

The Right Window for the Right Job

Knowing the difference between new construction and replacement windows and making sure those windows match other materials included in your project is vital to your project’s success. Meeting with a trained window installation professional, such as the ones at Pella of Winston-Salem, who can help you address other questions is equally important, which we’ll be looking at in part three of our series.

Use these tips to help identify which type of window is the proper fit for each type of build:

  • New Construction Windows: Recommended for any project that depends upon new window framing or a tearing the wall down to the studs. This could be a new home build, a new addition to your house or a major remodel.
  • Replacement Windows: Recommended for any project where the window frame is not being replaced or is in good condition. If the walls are not being taken down, a replacement window is the correct choice for your window plans.
  • Either Type: Depending on the window frame’s condition, you might be able to use a replacement rather than installing a new construction window. Make sure the window you choose offers a balance of the features you want at a cost you can be comfortable with.

Whether you’re adding one window or 15, your investment should last for years. Consider your options and make sure they fit your home project’s goals.

For more information, contact one of the pros at Pella of Winston-Salem for a free in-home consultation. 
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